Via Reuters:

Apple Inc on Tuesday moved to sanction lawyers at Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy representing consumers who said the devicemaker’s software updates quietly slowed down older iPhone models to mislead them into buying new ones, saying they improperly disclosed confidential documents.

Apple argued in a motion filed in federal court in San Jose, California that the firm should be barred from serving as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs after two of its lawyers discussed ‘highly confidential’ company documents at a public hearing in March.

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MacDailyNews Take: Again, it was Apple’s lack of communication that was the problem here. If Apple had clearly explained what was going on in the software, we’d have known to recommend a battery replacement when users complained their older iPhones were getting “slow.” As it was, we were pretty much left to assume that the processor/RAM wasn’t up to par with demands of newer iOS releases and we’d naturally recommend getting a new iPhone.

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